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Visitors Soak in Campus, Spring Sunshine at Open House

The sun warms up a campus tour.

The Penn College community welcomed prospective students, their families and their friends to Spring Open House on Saturday. The entire campus was open for exploration, with knowledgeable and friendly students, employees and alumni around every corner to help potential enrollees and other guests make the most of their stay.

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Vintage Vehicle Makes History as Show’s First Collegiate Winner

Owner Patricia B. Swigart (left) is among those enjoying a ride with driver Luke C. Miller across the grounds of the illustrious Amelia Island event.

A 1908 Studebaker electric car, owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and restored at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recognized with an award at Florida’s prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance earlier this month – the first student project ever judged at the renowned show.

Affectionately known as “Tommy,” the vehicle was one of a pair that shuttled federal legislators to and from the U.S. Capitol shortly after the turn of the 20th century. It was honored with an Amelia Award in the Horseless Carriage (Electric) category, coinciding with the show’s celebration of a technology that has re-emerged in today’s automobiles.

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Face Value

Step right up!

Brandon M. Rehmann, a building construction technology from Potomac, Md., relishes the return on his charitable investment.

Reasner is joined (from left) by his THON support team: students Rylee A. Butler, of Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa, culinary arts and systems; Morgan L. Royer, of Centre Hall, graphic design; Catherine M. Foust, of Williamsport, business administration-marketing concentration; and Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, culinary arts and systems.

For the kids ... from one dean to another! Reasner weathers a good-natured incursion by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, magnanimously assumed the bull’s-eye position as Penn College Benefiting THON hosted a “Pie the Dean in the Face” fundraiser Tuesday evening. For a buck a toss on the campus mall, with proceeds going to the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer, customers could deliver a whipped-cream wallop to their sporting target.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Well-Attended Documentary Sheds Local Light on National Crisis

An image from "Thank You for Your Service"

Wednesday night’s local screening of the documentary, “Thank You for Your Service,” which emerged from collaborative efforts among Penn College, Lycoming College and the Community Arts Center, was a success. “The powerful documentary and pre- and post-events created more awareness of the common and complex mental-health struggles that many of our veterans face when reassimilating to the general milieu following active duty,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. About 240 community members and students attended the event, which a number of faculty and staff helped to organize and promote. (Among them were David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science; Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist; Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; and Tina M. Miller, director of public relations and marketing.)

Penn College Honored for Billboard, TV Commercial

A Penn College billboard (above) and TV commercial captured Honorable Mention recognition in the 11th Annual CUPPIE Awards, sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

Public Relations and Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored recently for two of its marketing efforts.

The college received Honorable Mention in two categories in the 11th Annual CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education. The competition is sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

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Trust No One … Except Anyone Who Says, ‘THAT Was Fun!’

The evening's movie motif included this decorative clapperboard.

Their families and friends know them by alternate names, but everyone at the dinner was provided with a celebrity alter ego upon arrival. From left, then, are "Nick Jonas," "Ronda Rousey," "Taylor Swift" and "Jay-Z."

The St. Patrick's Day menu included a featured appetizer: grilled asparagus, wrapped with tavern ham, with grilled radicchio and pepper slaw.

From patron to performer! "Taylor Swift," AKA Felicia R. Hartzler, a graphic design student from Dover, sportingly becomes part of the show.

Surrounded by impish improvisers, Christopher D. Hogan, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Halifax, reads the dearly departed's final address to his heirs.

A good time was had by all – and everyone was a suspect – at Saturday’s “St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner” presented through the Student Activities Office. The Thompson Professional Development Center was transformed into a Tinseltown-tinged crime scene, complete with green carpet and gourmet cuisine, where detectives and guests alike deciphered a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Masonry Students Reinforce Bridge to Happy Valley

Penn College students (at left) Wyatt R. Ford, of Oreland, and Hunter M. Landis, of Middletown, mentor visitors to their assigned work station.

Luse (visible at left background) shares his time-tested craft with tomorrow's designers and builders.

Furnished with trowels and masons' "mud," two Penn State students get to work on laying block.

Penn College student Joe J. Hetrick, of Painted Post, N.Y., staffs another of the stops on the interactive instructional tour.

Scores of Penn State students traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Monday, furthering an annual tradition that adds brick-and-mortar practicality to the architecture majors’ studio work at University Park. Representatives of the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, including building construction technology students in instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Masonry Principles class, guided their guests through a variety of tasks and techniques. “The most dynamic group ever! It was like 49 Tasmanian devils tearing up the masonry lab,” Luse said. “I loved the enthusiasm and desire to learn in a hands-on environment. Our masonry students really made this happen. Their interaction skills and abilities to teach made me Penn College Proud!”
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Accounting Faculty Share Income Tax Expertise at Thrive

Penn College accounting faculty members Michael D. Shipman (left) and Bob Nolan offer guidance on income tax return preparation at a Thrive International Programs event, held at City Alliance Church in Williamsport.

Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting faculty members recently presented a session on income tax returns – and the assistance available to file them – at Thrive International Programs in Williamsport.

Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, and Bob Nolan, part-time instructor of accounting, provided an overview of the federal income tax system, who should file an income tax return and why. Shipman and Nolan are also the Penn College site administrators for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free, IRS-sanctioned service to help the community file personal income tax returns.

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Gaelic Goodies

Festively outfitted and wishing "life's many blessings" to all are (from left) Jessica L. Cavanaugh, of Lewistown, a health information management major and substitute dining services worker; and dining services workers Wanda A. Gardner and Janet L. McDermott.

Colored beads aid in the wearin' of the green.

A mouthwatering menu – including chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce – awaits diners.

Corned beef: a crucial, cultural ingredient in the holiday's celebration

Enjoying the evening's fare are Natali J. Fargus, an accounting major from Lock Haven, and Matthew A. Jones, of Sellersville, an engineering design technology student.

Irish eyes were smiling – Irish taste buds, too! – when CC Commons hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet on Thursday evening. Dining Services prepared a fitting feast (including Guinness Stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, potato/leek soup and bread pudding), a pool tournament beckoned from nearby tables, and patrons could test their Emerald Isle knowledge with Quizzo.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity

Cameron T. Powers, recipient of the Robert and Patricia Shoff Rambo Scholarship, enjoys a moment with her donor, Patricia Rambo, a retired professor and 1994 Master Teacher honoree.

A celebration of generosity unfolded Sunday afternoon at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon. Held in the Field House, the event hosted scholarship donors, student recipients and their families.

Offering a welcome to the guests, Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, thanked donors for their belief and commitment to Penn College’s mission of serving students. In her opening remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour said, “Your philanthropic commitment provides motivation needed for students to remain focused on their coursework, complete their educational journey and begin a new journey as tomorrow makers in their communities and chosen fields.”

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Newswatch 16 Visits College’s Brewing/Fermentation Lab

WNEP on campusPenn College’s two-year brewing and fermentation science major, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, attracted the attention of Newswatch 16 on Friday. The ABC affiliate’s Kristina Papa visited the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications for a talk with students Ryan J. Hampton, of Williamsport, and William B. Ernst-Wingfield, of Picture Rocks; as well as Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. The segment premiered during WNEP’s 5 p.m. newscast.

Horticulture Student Earns Scholarship; Faculty Member Recognized

Scholarship recipient Aaron A. Sledge Jr., a Penn College landscape/horticulture technology major from Pittsburgh, is joined by Daniel Eichenlaub, chair of the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation and president of Eichenlaub Inc., a Pittsburgh-based landscape construction and maintenance firm.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation at an event that also shone a spotlight on a faculty member’s longtime commitment to the industry.

Aaron A. Sledge Jr., of Pittsburgh, a second-year student in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, was among the honorees at the organization’s Pennsylvania Green Industry Forum and Member Recognition Event at the Hershey Country Club.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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‘It’s On Us’ Grant to Bolster Campus Fight Against Sexual Assault

It's On Us

A $29,928 “It’s On Us” grant has been awarded to Pennsylvania College of Technology to prevent, address and respond effectively to sexual violence.

Penn College, one of 39 institutions to receive funding from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, applied for a grant to establish programs ranging from campuswide training to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of sexual-assault survivors.

“Penn College already has a very extensive and supportive system in place for students who experience sexual violence and/or sexual misconduct,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. “The ‘It’s on Us’ grant will allow us to expand our existing programs, and take them to the next level by educating all students, athletes and Greek Life in the role of community, accountability and prevention against sexual assault.”

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Join or Donate to SNA ‘Glow Walk’ to Benefit Cancer Society

On March 29, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Nurses’ Association will host a “Glow Walk” to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The walk is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. Walkers will make laps along the pedestrian mall from the Veterans Fountain in front of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center to West Third Street.

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